About COTS

Mission Statement

The Central Ohio Trauma System's (COTS) mission is to reduce injuries and save lives by improving and coordinating trauma care, emergency care and disaster preparedness systems in Central Ohio. COTS supports prevention, education, data collection and research initiatives. COTS’ purpose is as a forum for addressing issues affecting the delivery of trauma and emergency healthcare services primarily in Central Ohio.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Sustain an inclusive system where community partners work together to resolve issues associated with trauma, emergency and medical disaster preparedness
  • Maintain COTS' two databases (the Regional Trauma Registry and the Emergency Department Real-time Activity Status) for reliable data analysis, in order to improve patient care; to provide a basis for focusing initiatives on areas of highest need; and to provide benchmarks for measuring progress
  • Facilitate initiatives that accomplish appropriate resource utilization while reducing deaths and disabilities from trauma, stokes, heart attacks and other emergency health conditions
  • Coordinate healthcare partners' medical disaster preparedness and response
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COTS' core values are service-oriented and include:
  • Inclusiveness
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Evidence-based work
  • Excellence

The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) is a voluntary, cooperative, self-regulatory organization and maintains a 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue status for charitable, educational and scientific intent.

The COTS Board of Trustees is comprised of health care experts from hospitals and emergency medical services (EMS) providers serving Franklin County and other Central Ohio counties; physicians from the Columbus Medical Association (CMA); and representatives from local government health agencies.

COTS is also an affiliate organization of the Columbus Medical Association.